With over 400 breeds of dog available today, it may be a bit mind boggling to know that all domestic dogs come from the same family. DNA analysis has proven that Canis familiaris is where all dog breeds began, making them descendants of Canis lupus, which is the wolf. The wolf was interbred to make new breeds. Therefore, each group of breeds has slightly different dog histories. Ancient breeders chose the best male and female dogs to breed and produce puppies that had the best traits of both parents, much like the breeders of today.

The sporting dog breeds were created for running, hunting, and agility. These are dogs with longer legs, higher energy levels, quiet voices, and the ability to retrieve. Dogs in this group include spaniels and setters. Many of these breeds have their origins in Western Europe during the eras when hunting was both a gentleman’s sport as well as way to provide food.

Greyhounds, beagles, and bloodhounds are a part of the hound breeds. These dogs were bred specifically for hunting. They are rather vocal, which is a definite wolf characteristic. In recent days, the hound breeds have a history of doing work with law enforcement and acting as guard dogs.

Working dog breeds are made to be strong and powerful so they are able to handle tasks that require a lot of strength and endurance. This group includes boxers, Rottweilers, and Dobermans. The St. Bernard is a part of this group as well, being used as mountain rescue dogs and, in northern climates, used to pull sleds.

Another breed of dogs is the herding group. These dogs probably originated in areas that had open plains and other geographic traits that were suited to caring for large animal herds of sheep and cattle. Sheepdogs and collies are a part of this breed group, and are bred to be agile, fast, and smart enough to keep large numbers of animals under control.

Originally bred to burrow and drive out game or eliminate pests, the terrier breed has keen eyesight so they can see in the dark, low bodies to fit in small places and strong jaws to eliminate their prey. Examples of this breed are cairn terriers and wheaten terriers.

Toy breeds may be thought of as playmates now, but were bred particularly to be small, while retaining traits of their wolf cousins. This breed group includes Chihuahuas, Papillons, and Maltese dogs.

Mixed breeds fall into the non sporting group. These dogs don’t fit into other classifications of breeds, but they contain everything from dalmations to bulldogs. While they may not have the distinctive breeding traits of their purebred counterparts, they are still an example of their wolf ancestry.

Dog breeders today continue to combine known breeds to see what they can come up with in regard to different traits to make better pets. An example of this is the hypo-allergenic breeds. There are also mixed breed bloodlines being used to make new breeds like the cockapoo, which is a cross between the cocker spaniel and poodle, and the maltipoo, the combination of a maltese and poodle. This is considered to be dog breed history in the making.


86 thoughts on “Lupus Family History

  1. JENNIFER

    Why would my doctor order a Lupus Profile with no family history of Lupus?
    My doctor has used diagnosis codes for Neuritis and Vertigo, and ordered a Lupus Profile and ANA w/ Reflex.

  2. Brian Byrd

    I had a lupus history for my family and no one had it, why did I get it?
    I have been diagnosed with lupus What could cause me to get it if no one in my family had it?

    1. MISS RED

      Good question. Some people get lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder. Your body is actually attacking itself, and healthy cells are being attacked. Lupus can be hereditary. My mother had lupus. Her parents didn’t have lupus but her mom and grandmother had rheumotoid arthritis, which also happens to be an autoimmune disorder. I do believe that each of us are genetically predetermined to have lupus and cancer. Some people get cancer and lupus, others do not. Lupus has even been known to come on from a virus, stress, etc. I also heard that some high blood pressure medications can bring on lupus in some people. Environmental toxins, diet, stress, sunlight all contribute to the problem.

  3. Julie U

    Do you just fall asleep for no reason?
    I went to the doctor last week and she says she is pretty sure from my family history and other conditions that I have lupus. I started looking it up and can not find the one symptom I am worried about. The last two weeks no matter if I am wide awake or what I am doing I will just fall sound asleep. Was on the phone last week then last night got in the bath tub woke up two hours later to find cold water and I had been out that long! I was not even tired when this happened!

  4. S S

    my daughter has been tested positive for lupus, what is it first of all and how concerned should i be about it
    my daughter took a blood test in may07, which she tested positive for lupus, she has been crying since the doctor told her, i can’t really comfort her because i don’t know what it is. My daughter is 17 yrs. old and thereis no family history of this disease. i need help

    1. dwhelper

      I am so sorry you both are so distressed. Lupus is, at this time, not curable. It is, however, not a death sentence.

      There is much info on the web about this malady. I suggest you start with Wikopedia.

      There are support groups – almost everywhere.

      Lupus can be managed/controlled.

      Think positively! There are some theories and even evidence to indicate that these autoimmune diseases are affected by attitude.

      My prayers are for you both.

  5. amberlybushman

    Blood work? What does it mean?
    Hi all- Recently I had a full work up done to check my overall health status. THe most noticeable thing was my WBC count has been running consistently low, went from 4.0 the first time to 5.1 and then dropped back down to 4.5. High eosinophil count but low ESR of 16. I did test positive for ANA screen however but I dont have the titer back yet. Rheumatoid Factor was low at 6.8. My allergies have been killing me lately and I was just diagnosed with high risk HPV. I dont have any other STD’s as I have been checked for every single one and all were negative. What could be causing this? I have a somewhat family history of lupus in my maternal aunt, but my mother doesnt have any problems. If my ESR and c reactive protein were so low, but yet positive for ANA, is there s small chance that this isnt lupus? My joints do not hurt at all, and I dont have the butterfly rash on my face like they say. Thanks for everyones answers. I am just so worried!!!

    1. Corky

      Other than the high-risk HPV obviously I don’t see anything in this paragraph that is concerning at all. A white count of 4-6 is normal, maybe low normal depending on the laboratory running the test but normal nonetheless. ANA, ESR, CRP, even Rheum factor are all nonspecific markers and, seeing as how 3/4 came back normal, you have no clinical signs/symptoms, and have only a tangential family hx of SLE I would say the chance of your having lupus is very low. Your allergies are likely just that, allergies.

  6. ceebs

    ANA Positive… Should I try to get pregnant?
    Hello,

    I’m new to this board but come here seeking advice and support because I’m scared. I found out yesterday I am ANA positive (1:80 titer) with no symptoms. My mom has advanced lupus, and family history of autoimmune.

    We were trying for our second child (after two early miscarriages) when I found out I am ANA positive with speckled pattern.

    Do you think there’s a risk of triggering full-blown lupus with a second child? Does the stress on your body during pregnancy make a predisposition trigger disease? I’d really love insight… I’m at a crossroads, and want to make sure I don’t jeopardize my health or my family in the future.

    Thank you for any insight!

    Ceebs

    1. mgunnycappo

      I would check to see if you have Antiphospholipid Syndrome or APS that often accompanies lupus. APS is the main reason for miscarriage in Lupus. Since you’ve already have a miscarriage and you have a positive ANA (although 1:80 is a very low positive), and you have a family history I would definitely get checked for APS. They should also run a complete Lupus panel on you including Anti-SM, Anti-Ro, Anti-DS-DNA. If you test positive for any of these it is extremely likely that you have Lupus. If you do not test positive you could still have Lupus.

      Pregnancy can bring on Lupus symptoms due to the hormonal changes, stress on the body and the baby itself. In some women there are reports that pregnancy sometimes quiets a Lupus flare but the former is much more prevailant.

      I would discuss all of this first with a rheumatologist then with a high risk OB/GYN.

      Good luck to you.

  7. Ashley

    Does anyone have any information on lupus?
    Well I went to my OB yesterday and they told me that my baby was in the 16th percentile.They had drew some blood a couple of weeks ago and told me that my blood was thicker than normal and they now have me taken one 81mg baby aspirin a day to help thin my blood. They told me that i dont have lupus but to see if i have a family history of it.And i have no clue what it is can anyone give me some information on this?

    1. pibe

      Do you have any of this symptoms:
      If your answer is no, you don’t need to be preoccupied.

      The symptoms of lupus differ from one person to another. Some people have just a few symptoms, while others have many. In addition, there are many different symptoms of lupus because the disease can affect any part of the body. Some of the more common symptoms include:

      * Achy joints (arthralgia)

      * Unexplained fever (more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit)

      * Swollen joints (arthritis)

      * Prolonged or extreme fatigue

      * Skin rash

      * Ankle swelling and fluid accumulation

      * Pain in the chest when breathing deeply (pleurisy)

      * A butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose

      * Hair loss

      * Sensitivity to the sun and/or other light

      * Seizures

      * Mouth or nose sores

      * Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud’s phenomenon)

  8. hb

    seizure during sleep?
    I’ve done this before but never had any one there… I am asleep then I wake up but I can’t move. I can hear what is going on around me but I can not respond. Last night when this happened my boyfriend was there and said I was kicking and sounded like I was trying to talk and he tried to wake me for about 1 minute before I came out of it… I had also urinated a small amount… does this sound like a mild seizure??? I’m going to the dr next week… I also have a family history of lupus and my mother said she had had this happen to her before.

    1. greydoc6

      You may have Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Behavior Disorder. RBD movements occur during REM sleep, which is usually characterized by a state of atonia, or sleep paralysis. Diagnosis and treatment involves polysomnography, drug therapy, and the exclusion of potentially serious neurological disorders.

      RBD is usually seen in men 60 years old or older, but also occurs in younger people and in women. Incidents of REM behavior disorder are often described anecdotally to family members and not to physicians, so statistics of incidence are inexact.

  9. beef.

    Is it possible if your lupus goes into total remmision for you to be able to not mention it when you go to the?
    yes, like i went to the doctors office, and they have a box if you have a family history of lupus, do i check yes or no?

    1. laughable

      For insurance information it would be fraud. For a doctor, no. If you have SLE then you should have your ANA numbers checked regularly for a flare so it would be best to make sure your primary care physician knows your history. Also, if you are having other problems they may actually be related to your SLE. For any doctor you have it is probably in your best interest that they know your history.

  10. tscherma86

    autoimmune thyroid disease, fibromyalgia & polycystic ovarian syndrome…is there a connection?
    when i was 15 i was told i had PCOS because i had very irregular periods. ultrasounds were done and it was confirmed. i got pregnant, without treatment, and delivered in 06 with my son and 07 with my daughter. nothing eventful happened for a couple years and then in july of 09, my younger sister lost her 3 year battle with leukemia. when i was getting a haircut for her funeral, my hairstylist (who i have been going to since i was born) said that my hair was really thinning and i should get my thyroid checked. it wasn’t on the top of my list at that point. i started medical school in sept of 09 and was having really bad knee and joint problems. i went to a rheumatologist and she diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. she wanted to do some more blood work because there is a history of lupus in the family. i just got a call from her yesterday and she left a voicemail saying i do have an autoimmune thyroid disease (she didn’t say which one on the voicemail) i have an appointment with her monday, but i was just wondering if there could be a connection between the PCOS, fibromyalgia and autoimmune thyroid disease because i know they all are hormonal problems. anyone know??

    1. Soggycereal

      My gosh. Yes, I think you are right – I have all three too. But my thyroid disease turned into cancer. I lost my fertility at 35 due to hysterectomy for horrible cystic ovaries and endometriosis. I am on pain medication all the time for fibromyalgia. I don’t know the answer to why these are connected, but I think you are right. I think there is some hormone/immune systerm connection though.
      My endo did start me on metformin 2 months ago, and I do think it has helped me feel a little better. I definitely think you are on to something. I think you should become an endocrinologist/rheumatologist, there is alot of help needed in that field I think!

  11. a.d

    Tested ana positive what does that mean?
    I’ve been feeling tired weak and sore for the last few weeks. I had some bloodwork done and the doctor said I was ana positive. She said to wait two weeks and if I was still feeling this way she refered me to a rhumatologist. She asked if there was a family history of lupus or rhumatoid arthritis etc (not that I know of). She didn’t mention it and I was kind of nervous to bring it up but the first thing that came to mind when she said autoimmune was hiv. if that was a possibility would she have mentioned it? And is it a possibility? The copy of the blood test is all jargon to me. I’ve been pretty carefull but not knowing what it is has made me quite nervous. If anyone has any insight on positive ana test I would greatly appriciate it.

    1. Linda R

      First of all lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are autoimmune diseases where your immune system is over active and confused. HIV/AIDS is an immunodeficiency. They are opposites. They have nothing to do with one another.

      The ana is an antinuclear antibody test. Cells live and cells die. When cells die, the debris ends up in your blood. Each cell has a nucleus. A positive antinuclear antibody means you make antibodies to the debris of the nucleus of dead cells. Most people don’t make those. Autoimmune people might make them.

      10 million Americans have a positive ANA. Only 1.5 million have lupus. Of the 1.5 million who have lupus, 2-3% have a negative ANA. In lupus, once you have a positive ANA the next think is the titer. If it is speckled it is more likely to be lupus. Different autoimmune diseases have different patterns. Many people have a positive ANA and no disease at all. The older you get, the more likely you are to have a positive ANA.

      Do not be nervous to bring things up to your doctor. It’s your body, your life, and your health. You and the doctor have to be partners in figuring out what is bothering you. The doctor is not God and the doctor is not a parent. You pay the doctor to provide services. One of those services is answering your questions.

      If you do have an autoimmune disease, it is a good thing to be diagnosed. This means you and your doctor can take steps to stop or minimize potential damage.

      Note: I am 59. I have lupus with organ involvement. I have a very full and wonderful life. If you do have lupus, freaking out will make it worse. Stop.

  12. ProactiveMom

    Is it hard to diagnose Lupus in a teen with no positive labs?
    There’s a strong family history and symptoms (including butterfly rash) that have lasted almost 4 months. Rheumy says he ruled out Lupus.

  13. The Mommy Delivered

    pain in brain? nose bleeds??? help?
    I believe my husband may be dying and we wont know whats wrong until the autopsy

    ——————————————————————————–

    If anyone has any ideas PLEASE help??

    basics: 45 yr old male, no health problems, heart and lungs in excellent shape…former drinker..smokes 1 pack per day….no history of drugs no current drug use. no medications…140 lbs, 5’5″.

    family medical history:
    aneurysms, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, lupus, arthritis.

    personal medical history:
    presented with headaches 5 yrs ago. when the headaches would come, the blood pressure would go up. diagnosed with migraines. had allergies or severe side effects to all migraine meds. Pain meds dont even touch the pain. 2 yrs into it, the doctor put him on blood pressure meds, which did n othing to control the blood pressure. two years after that, he was taken off of blood pressure meds.
    In the last 6 months symptoms have become worse.

    recent medical findings:
    CT scan done one month ago showed nothing abnormal. CT scan done last week showed mild generalized brain atrophy higher than expected for man his age.
    blood work showed low immunoglobulin G QN.

    Chief Complaints and symptoms at this time:

    weakness (he can not work for the past 5 weeks)
    fatigue
    constant headache (pain comes from deep in head..unlike a headache or migraine)
    a feeling that brain is smaller than head and every turn causes it to bounce against skull causing severe pain
    aversion to noise
    elevated BP with headaches
    most recent, he has developed nose bleeds
    and
    a fungal skin rash that continues to grow in spite of lotrimin cream.

    Help please…I honestly feel like something is bad wrong, but I just dont seem to be able to have any info to share with doctors that would help them to look deeper into this…

    thank you in advance

  14. James R

    Need Help with Medical Diagnosis – Urgently?
    Patient is a 74 year old female with long history of severe osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. She has never smoked and her SATs were normally in the upper nineties before current illness. She under went partial shoulder replacement surgery on 2 April. The shoulder became dislocated during rehab and a second surgery was performed to correct the dislocation on 21 April. She remained in sling with little to no PT until 20 June. Very mild PT was begun at her retirement home by a home health care company. The home health care nurse noted her SATs were often in the lows nineties. Following a routine doctors visit she complained of having chest pain when breathing and shortness of breath about a half hour after returning home.

    She was transported to the ER and diagnosed with pericarditis and admitted to the hospital Wed 8 July. She was placed on 2 liters of O2 via cannula. She had a couple of episodes of atrial fibrillation Wed night and Thursday night during which her heart rate went to approximately 120 bpm. She was placed on medication to reduce her heart rate and converted to normal sinus rhythm both times. The heart rate medication IV was discontinued by Friday morning and she seemed to be improving on Friday. She was able to get out of bed and use the bedside latrine with little or no help. She was alert and able to feed her self.

    Saturday afternoon she went into atrial fibrillation again and this time her heart rate went to 180 bpm. The IV used to control heart rate was restarted and she converted back to sinus rhythm. Her breathing seems to ave steadily gotten worse following this incident. First she went from the cannula at 2 liters of O2 to a mask at full O2 and then to BiPAP and is now on a ventilator in ICU.

    Cardiac echo tests have indicated heart is strong and no sign of valve problems. The fluid in the pericardium is now minimal. Her BP has been generally low in the 90/45 range with fluctuations (probably due to medications and sleep cycle changes).

    Family History:
    Mother deceased at age 38 cause leukemia. Father deceased age 68 lung cancer detected when he experience atrial-fib episode. Grandmother certain history of tuberculosis or Lupus. One maternal uncle died with Lupus. One first cousin with Lupus currently living. Brother with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

    The doctors have told me her RH factor and ANA are both negative although I have not seen those test results. Her white count is normal and thus a infection is not thought to be the cause; however she has been treated with first Bacrum DS and is now on a Levaquin IV.

    Her lungs seem to be filling with fluid and getting worse as time goes on.

    wbcnormal8.4

    The following are the test results which are outside of normal range:

    rbclow2.63
    hgblow8.0
    hctlow23.6
    rdwhigh15.8
    Granulocyteshigh88
    Lymphslow5
    Absol Lymphslow0.4
    D DimerQuanthigh0.76
    NAlow126
    Chloridelow93
    Bunhigh54
    Creatininehigh1.6
    Bun/Creathigh34
    GFR est AAlow47
    GFR est AAAlow39
    Calciumlow8
    GPTlow22
    Anion Gaplow4
    C React Prothigh8.8

    Any thoughts on possible underlying causes or suggestions of tests which should be run would be greatly appreciated!
    Yes she has had three chest xrays so far. They have indicated more fluid in the lungs each time. Actually I have not heard the results of yesterdays xray yet.

    Thanks for your suggestions I will ask her doctors about that today!
    She had no history of chest pain prior to the onset last week. Unfortunately she was unable to lie on the table for VQ scan due to her spinal curvature as a result of spinal fractures from osteoporosis.
    I asked the doctor about pulmonary embolism. They did perform a CT pulmonary angiogram which revealed no abnormality. That doctor now says his best opinion is ARDS but was still not able to define the underlying cause. They are treating with anti-biotics as I said earlier. The doctor says that the signs of inflammation and anemia would tend to indicate a possible chronic infection. I asked again about autoimmune causes especially since Lupus and RA are prevalent in other family members. The doctor says both rheumatoid factor and ANA are negative; but one doctor made mention of something funny with test results where RF was positive one day and then negative the next. I still have not gotten a good answer about that today I will demand to see the tests results myself.
    One other thought comes to mind since her hemoglobin was low she was given a transfusion on either Thursday or Friday last week. It was on the Saturday following that when she appeared to take a nose dive from what was an improving condition. Perhaps some transfusion reaction is the cause of the turn for the worse????

    1. mrs d

      i would definatley be looking towards pulmonary embolism.

      raised d dimer, prev h/o chest pain, recent surgery,she needs a vq scan. has she had a plain chest xray?

  15. The Mommy Delivered

    brain atrophy?????…………………………?
    I believe my husband may be dying and we wont know whats wrong until the autopsy

    ————————————–…

    If anyone has any ideas PLEASE help??

    basics: 45 yr old male, no health problems, heart and lungs in excellent shape…former drinker..smokes 1 pack per day….no history of drugs no current drug use. no medications…140 lbs, 5’5″.

    family medical history:
    aneurysms, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, lupus, arthritis.

    personal medical history:
    presented with headaches 5 yrs ago. when the headaches would come, the blood pressure would go up. diagnosed with migraines. had allergies or severe side effects to all migraine meds. Pain meds dont even touch the pain. 2 yrs into it, the doctor put him on blood pressure meds, which did n othing to control the blood pressure. two years after that, he was taken off of blood pressure meds.
    In the last 6 months symptoms have become worse.

    recent medical findings:
    CT scan done one month ago showed nothing abnormal. CT scan done last week showed mild generalized brain atrophy higher than expected for man his age.
    blood work showed low immunoglobulin G QN.

    Chief Complaints and symptoms at this time:

    weakness (he can not work for the past 5 weeks)
    fatigue
    constant headache (pain comes from deep in head..unlike a headache or migraine)
    a feeling that brain is smaller than head and every turn causes it to bounce against skull causing severe pain
    aversion to noise
    elevated BP with headaches
    most recent, he has developed nose bleeds
    and
    a fungal skin rash that continues to grow in spite of lotrimin cream.

    Help please…I honestly feel like something is bad wrong, but I just dont seem to be able to have any info to share with doctors that would help them to look deeper into this…

    thank you in advance
    ZAM: thats the problem..he quit drinking 6 yrs ago…the brain CT a MONTH ago showed normal…in ONE months time, his brain shrunk.

    1. Alex

      Alcohol abuse and smoking seems caused most of the brain injury.
      People often underestimate the magnitude of problem and therefore surprised when damages accumulate.
      Sorry!

  16. Jennifer O

    2 high d-dimer results with no blood clot?
    Hi everyone – first let me thank you for taking the time to help me, I don’t know what to do anymore.

    Okay – Family History: My father has a blood clotting disorder and is on life long anti-coagulant therapy. My aunt had lupus. Cancer runs on both sides of my family ranging from leukemia to breast cancer.

    Me –

    In July I was hospitalized with a suspected blood clot; I had racing heart, trouble breathing, and felt faint. D-Dimer was high at 4.56 but echo, ultrasound, and lung CT were normal. Sent home on a moth regimen of anti-coagulants.

    Yesterday, back in the ER for pain in my right leg and it felt as if my leg was emanating heat. Ultrasound clear but D-dimer elevated again at 3.86. Told to see hematologist. This morning I woke up and for the first 3 hours my pinky and ring finger on my right hand were numb.

    Other possible symptoms: I have been to an endocrinologist to have my thyroid checked because despite religious exercise and eating right, I gain a pound or 2 then stay at that weight and then gain some more. Plus I have a low libido and fatigue. All tests came back normal.

    I have noticed my memory is lacking these days and I can be quite irritable.

    Does anyone have any clue s to what is up with me??

    1. Agnodice

      A d-dimer is only helpful in the evaluation of a blood clot when it is negative. A positive d-dimer only means that further testing is required to evaluate for a blood clot. The d-dimer is a break down product of blood clots and many things can increase the D-Dimer. The lower extremity ultrasound and CT are more definitive test to rule out blood clots. The episode in July was likely a panic attack if all other possible causes were ruled out. I am guessing you had an EKG and your heart was monitored in the ER to rule out other conditions, such as an abnormal heart rhythm.

      Fatigue is a very general symptom that can occur with many conditions. Thyroid disease is a common cause of fatigue, but you had normal testing. Anemia and diabetes are other common causes of fatigue. Depression could lead to decreased libido and fatigue also. Hormone abnormalities like excess prolactin can also decrease the libido. Lack of sleep and anxiety could also contribute to decreased libido. Your doctor may have checked you for some of these conditions and I would suggest you also discuss this with your doctor if you have not already. Good luck.

  17. joey

    Recent Lupus diagnosis?
    Wondering if anyone has recently had a Lupus diagnosis and how it finally happened. I have the symptoms, the family and personal history of autoimmune disorders, but my Doctor is treating me like a hypochondriac. Any suggestions?

    1. PreviouslyChap

      It’s time to get a new doctor. One that believes in you and that you feel comfortable with. You are the consumer. If you are worried, he should run all the basic lab work, etc.. Also, there are specialty docs out there.. Rheumatologists for example… they deal with joint problems and pain alot. Find someone you are truely comfortable with and work through each diagnosis with them.

  18. cozmikdolphin

    How do people get cancer?
    Specifically, Lupus. My mom was diagnosed a few years ago and I always wondered how she “got it” in the first place. That we know of, there is no history of it in our family. What we do have, however, is Type II Diabetes and high blood pressure.

    1. smileyu571

      For any kind of cancer it has to do with the cells, now each cell has a copy of DNA, but it duplicates this in the form of RNA and sends that arround the cell to do the going ons. However cancer results when a certain part of the RNA is miss duplicated, this dosn;t happen very often respectivley since there is somthing that goes over the RNA to make sure it is correct. However when that substance has a problem it cannot check the RNA and therefore cancer is much more likley. Because cancer is the rapid reproduction of cells and when the RNA dosn’t tell the cell to stop reproducing it makes more and more cells. Things like ciggarets destroy the substance making them much more likley to get cancer. So ya thats just a really breif crash course, i reckon you google it if you have anymore questions.

  19. Lordes Skye

    Do I have Lupus?
    Hello I’m not sure if I have been misdiagnosed or not. My Ana screen was positive(high) and my pattern was speckled. Doc ruled out RA. I felt my symptoms matched up with Lupus. I have muscle and joint pain (joint: hands,ankles and hips) hair loss, fatigue and chest pain. I have family history of RA and multiple scelrosis.
    Doc doesn’t thinks it is Lupus. I’m really confused. Does anyone have any advice for me. Have I been misdiagnosed maybe? Help Please!!!!
    The doc said the only reason he doesn’t think its Lupus is because there was no signs of inflammation in my blood test. Does that automatically rule out Lupus?

  20. Jennifer J

    My husband has a high ANA reading and history of Lupus in his family-with a Anti ds DNA test ordered soon?
    With a reading of 148 out of 0-99 being the norm, he tested positive. He has two aunts with Lupus, one just died. He tested negitive for RA and I’m worried. I am in the medical field and trying to help with everything. Any advice or theories/advice for me? He hasn’t taken the DNA test yet-but will soon. Any future advice? Thank you to anyone for your help!

    1. Danielle S

      Well that is scary but Lupus is hard to diagnose. A positive ANA could also be a sign of infection, or a reaction to certain medications. Lupus signs and symptoms alter pretty frequently and the severity can come and go.

      I would make sure they draw a chem panel for kidney and liver enzyme assessment, and a urinalysis to check for elevated protein levels, which could also be a sign that the kidneys may be effected.

      Im not a doctor..i am a medical assistant and almost an RN

      I hope this helps…..good luck!!

  21. Becca

    Does anyone with Lupus suffer from hip pain?
    This question is about my 10 year old son.
    He has had extreme hip pain for almost a year and it has now spread into his lower back. He does have a positive ANA test but all others were negative including those for arthritis.
    I have had him to many specialists and they keep saying it is an auto immune problem but can not pinpoint what it is. They think Lupus may be possible cause of his symptoms and family history of it.
    Does anyone with Lupus suffer pain in the hips and back?

    1. Tattoo Steveo

      I’m being diagnosed with dermatomyositis and I have hip pain where I can’t even walk across my campus. I’m only 20, and I can barely lift my arms anymore. A positive ANA could be dermatomyositis and it could be because his muscles are getting weak around those areas. Try to see if his arms are weak and hard to hold small things up like a coffee mug. If he gets tired quickly it could be muscle weakness. If you want to check the beginning of the long road starts at a blood test to check your creatinine kinase levels. Definitely look into what I say because there is Juvenile Dermatomyositis. It affects kids exactly that age. Shoot me an email through here I can help out with questions. Good luck

  22. Love the Way you LIE!

    Chances of getting Lupus?
    Lupus run’s on both sides. On my moms side grandma has just now been diagnose for lupus. While her mother had it to and so on. On my fathers side my aunt, uncle, great-grandmother had it also. Is my chances higher than people who do not have history of lupus in there family?

    1. Linda R

      If close relatives in your family have lupus or any other autoimmune disease you have about a 5% greater chance of developing one.

      Lupus is not directly inhereited they way sickle cell is inherited. Instead, you have to inherit just the right combination of genes and then you need a trigger in order for lupus to develop. There are numerous cases of genetically identical twins where one develops lupus and the other does not, demonstrating that it is not exactly genetically inhererited, but develops as a result of a combination of genetics and triggers.

      Known triggers are stress, severe trauma, cigarette smoke and UVA/UVB light. There are other suspected triggers, but not clinically confirmed.

  23. Robert L

    I am a young guy who has mild to moderate vertigo – what is causing it?
    I am going to the doctor soon, but I wanted some perspective. I am 32, obese, but eating healthfully and working out now. Have had this vertigo for at least 9 months. I have bell’s palsy and my family has a history of lupus (mom died of it and aunt died too) and diabetes. Help! Usually happens when I am fatigued.

    1. BRUCE C

      Your best answers will come from your doctor.
      There are several causes of vertigo.
      Instead of posting a question here do a search ,vertigo , search.
      There is a wealth of information to be found .

  24. Michaela

    who should i talk to right now about preeclampsia?
    so my ob/gyn is closed right now and i have been looking and i’m worried i may have preeclampsia, my b/f is no help… he just walked away and said don’t be scared. they say you can have it if you have rapid weight gain which i have had the past 2 weeks, headaches, dizzyness, or your family has history of lupus, and you are young. which i am all of the above, what does anybody suggest i do?

    1. ILoveMyCrazyKids

      welll you can go to the supermarket or pharmacy where they have the blood pressure machine and take your blood pressure a few times to see where it is…it will tell you high or low or normal…if it is high….take a minute and breath deep and relax then do it again and see if it changes….Also, your doctor should have an answering service, what happens if a woman goes into labor while the office is closed….call the doctor if your blood pressure is high and you are feeling light headed, or have head aches…or you can always go to the er….and dont listen to your bf, they are all like that….oh nothing is wrong crap, your fine…..etc.. trust your gut instinct…

  25. hb

    Seizure during sleep?
    I’ve done this before but never had any one there… I am asleep then I wake up but I can’t move. I can hear what is going on around me but I can not respond. Last night when this happened my boyfriend was there and said I was kicking and sounded like I was trying to talk and he tried to wake me for about 1 minute before I came out of it… I had also urinated a small amount… does this sound like a mild seizure??? I’m going to the dr next week… I also have a family history of lupus and my mother said she had had this happen to her before.

    1. mgunnycappo

      Seizures are one of the signs of Lupus, however there are many more. You should definately see your doctor as soon as possible. It is impossible for anyone to determine what you were having. An EEG will be necessary to say that you had a seizure. They will also have to perform a lot of blood tests to see if you could possibly have Lupus. There is no definative blood test for Lupus but you are diagnosed through blood tests, medical history and symptoms.

      I wish you the best of luck.

  26. Nat

    Lupus.. what is it?
    I just got back from the clinic and am a slight bit worried now.
    I went in for back pains, during this he asked if I had other problems so I mentionned my reynolds. He then asked me if there’s history in my family with clots (my grandma does), if I’ve had kidney disease, I’ve had kidney infections (disease I wouldn’t know?), if I’ve had unexplained rashes.. well right there I had a rash on my neck, I had no idea, he’s the one who saw it. He asked if I had a history of psychiatric problems.. I have had severe depression along with some great insomnia in the past. He asked other things that I can’t remember anymore.. the only thing that didn’t fit, which was mainly why I came in, was if my lungs were inflamed.. What was wrong was my muscle behind the shoulder blade was inflamed hurting when I would breathe.
    Ok so, now that he’s gone through all that and only 1 out of all symptoms he’s asked don’t fit… what??
    I don’t really know what lupus is safe for what I’ve just googled..
    Rusty:
    I know he can’t diagnose based on history alone. He asked me a series of questions that made him think it’s possible. Although, it didn’t go much farther then his questions. Now what I wanted to know was the symptoms/how to get diagnosed. Basically, where would I go for help on this. I don’t have my own doc so I’m kind of on my own.
    It had me concerned as many of the symptoms of lupus are similar to things that are happening with me. It’s not to say I have it and don’t wish to, I’m wanting to get informed.

    1. screamingfreedom

      I really do not understand from your question where lupus came into the discussion. Lupus is not diagnosed buy a doctor going over your medical history alone. Some of the things you mention can be seen in lupus patients.

      The American Rheumatism Association developed a list of symptoms used to diagnose Lupus. Research supports the idea that people who have at least four of the eleven criteria (not necessarily simultaneously) are extremely likely to have Lupus. The criteria are:

      * Butterfly rash
      * Discoid rash
      * Photosensitivity
      * Mouth ulcers
      * Arthritis
      * Inflammation of the lining of the lungs or the lining around the heart
      * Kidney damage, as noted by the presence of protein or other abnormal substances called casts in the urine
      * Seizures or psychosis
      * The presence of certain types of anemia and low counts of particular white blood cells
      * The presence of certain immune cells, anti-DNA antibodies, or a falsely positive test for syphilis
      * The presence of antinuclear antibodies.

      As to your question what is lupus.

      Lupus is an autoimmune disease. This means that a persons immune system is attacking their own body.

      Lupus is one of the more serious autoimmune disease. It can be mild with few symptoms or it can attack almost every system in the body.

      Lupus manifests as a chronic inflammatory connective tissue disease marked by skin rashes, joint pain and swelling, inflammation of the kidneys, inflammation of the fibrous tissue surrounding the heart (i.e., the pericardium), as well as other problems. Not all affected individuals display all of these problems.

      Rusty

  27. P S

    Have a relative that might have cancer need to know why tests being done?
    Ok ive got a relative 48 years of age female.

    Has very low iron levels – gets puffy easily has recently seen doctor who has ordered the following tests – feels very fatigued, probable anemia

    Full blood count, FGY test, CEA test. A CT scan, colonscopy and endoscopy. Family history of chrons disease, also lupus.

    Doctor isnt saying what could be the problem ( anything from ulcer to pollop – GP suggested that it was unlikley to be cancer) though said testing was urgent, suggested could be a GI bleed. Otherwise healthy, no blood in stool, no lumps around abdomen area but has had some minor stomach pain.

    Celiac disease is one of the blood tests indicators thats being looked at, what is the chance or thoughts on what could be im a bit worried thinking it could be colon or stomach cancer, could be something as simple as malabsortion , in the last 4 months has had glandular fevor anyone with any thoughts ?
    I should add my relative asked the doctor what the likelihood of cancer was and was told doctor would be surprised if it was cancer. Indicating that it probably was an outside chance – tests are happening next week anyway – so doctor is being level and tests being done

    From what ive read if it was more cancer concern feacel stool testing would have been done plus an MRI which at the moment hasnt been ordered. So could the be looking for something else and if something else what could that be
    In reply to the third contributor ( thankyou for the additional information) based on the information i have ( i dont think a stool sample was asked for) other elements of the blood test are testing for chrons disease and a marker for celiaic.

    If it isnt cancer what other problems would fit the general medical area that the doctor might be looking for ( ie what could be the possible disorders or other medical problems they would be lookign for) if its cancer my relative is well prepared for treatment and so forth. It would be hopefully caught in early stages) but what other conditions of a less serious nature be likley to be what dr might be looking for

    1. Denisedds

      The doctor isn’t saying, because he or she doesn’t really know what the problem is, they are not hiding anything. Your relative’s symptoms are too vague to narrow down to 2 or 3 possibilities at this point.

      You said there is no blood in her stool, but I’m not sure if the doctor actually checked her stool or if you relative hasn’t seen any blood in her stool. Often times there is blood there that cannot be seen.

      The blood test is to see if she is anemic which would indicate a GI bleed. The CEA is a tumor marker for GI cancers. The CT will probably be of her abdomen and pelvis looking for any abnormality. The colonoscopy and endoscopy will enable the doctor to see the health and any abnormalities of her lower and upper GI tract.

      These are all good, normal and appropriate tests for the symptoms your relative is presenting with. Right now they are not looking for something specific, like cancer, they are looking at everything to find the problem.

      I know when you love someone you want answers now, but it doesn’t work that way. Sometimes doctors are a little slower into all of the possibilities in someone her age. The fact that the doctor has ordered all of these tests tells me she is in very good hands. I would be comfortable with this course if she were my own relative. Best of luck to you both.

  28. Ellie

    Is ESR always elevated in Systemic Lupus? I’m 19, female, I have an ESR of 50 mm/hr (normal 0-20)?
    my ESR is borderline so my doctor just wants me to repeat the test in a month.. i have a family history of lupus, hair loss, fatigue, muscle and joint pain,red rashes on my chest after exercise/sun exposure, should i be worried?

    1. Linda R

      An ESR of 50 is not terribly high, but it does show that there is inflammation in your body. Lupus is a faring and remitting disorder. So a lupus patient can have times when the sed rate (ESR) is absolutely normal.

      Your symptoms could point to lupus or to something else. Worrying will not change whether or not you have lupus, but if you do have it, worrying makes lupus worse. Worrying activates the body’s stress reactions which agitates lupus.

      Rather than worry that you might have lupus, try being thankful that you have a doctor who takes your symptoms seriously and is searching for the cause. Many patients are ‘blown off’ and take years to get a diagnosis. I went 38 years before I was diagnosed!

      If you do have lupus, or something else. the sooner it is indentified and the sooner it is treated the better quality of life you will have. This is a good thing. Not knowing is the bad thing.

      I have systemic lupus with organ involvement and have four jobs and am very active. I am 57 years old. If you have it, learn everything you can about it, become a partner with the doctor in planning your treatment regimen and be a good self manager and you should be just fine!

  29. Elise

    How accurate is the diagnosis of Lupus from the results of a skin biopsy?
    I developed a rash three weeks ago. It began as one scabbed-over little hole in my thigh. Then it spread all over my stomach, eventually to my arms, and neck. They start as little red hard bumps, then kind of look like a pimple, but you cant pop it, then they become little indents of scabs in my skin for weeks. I have been extermely emotional lately, crying very easily and generally feeling depressed. I have also skipped my a few periods (and Im sure Im not pregnant) The doctor performed a skin biopsy on one of the bumps. He mentioned he was looking for excema, but i don’t know if that has anything to do with the type of skin biopsy or test he ordered. The results came back as lupus, however i don’t have the butterfly rash or joint pain that are symptoms of lupus. My skin rash symptoms are not sun related, since the rash began in areas of my body that never see the sun. I also dont have a family history of lupus. How accurate are the results of a skin biopsy? Could this be lyme disease?

  30. Chris

    “Lupus-like” symptoms with a negative ANA?
    Over these past five weeks, I have been experiencing migratory joint and muscle pain in my knees, arms, back, hips, stomach muscles, shoulder, neck, wrists and fingers. No inflammation. The joints seem to crack a lot. No fever, fatigue, rash, etc. I’ve tested negative for everything, including an ANA. The things is, there are only so many things that my symptoms qualify for but, just before these symptoms, I was quite stressed over my job. My doctor thinks it is a viral infection, that typically clears itself up after six to eight weeks. I’ve discounted so many other disorders (from symptoms and tests) but am still wary of lupus. I know that ANA results can fluctuate and that it’s possible for an ANA-positive person to test negative, from time to time, but I am wondering what the odds are of testing negative during (what would be considered) a “flare”. My doctor says I should move on from my fear of lupus, as a result of my tests, age, race, and gender. I am a twenty-one year old caucasian male (from Canada) with no family history and, from what statistics I’ve gathered, there are only about 1,000 or so adult white males, with SLE, in this country and that an estimated eighty percent of them experienced onset over the age of forty. Also, only half of SLE patients claim muscle/joint pain as an initial symptom. Combine this with my test results and you’d think I would be breathing a sigh of relief. No such luck. Am I worrying over nothing?

    1. Angela

      Your Dr. is partially right most of the time Lupus affects women, but men do become afflicted with Lupus. Where I’d have to disagree with your Dr. is that it usually takes many ANA test over several years and lots of grief and many negative test before Lupus is diagnosed. It took Dr.s 8yrs before they finally diagnosed my mom with Lupus, and after years of worrying what was wrong with her and why the Dr.’s couldn’t figure it out…It was almost a relief for her to know she was not crazy or a hypochondriac!
      FYI
      I suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis since I was 12yrs old and I too have joint pain…. Acupuncture has been the key to me living pain free.

  31. Afhr4

    I am a 32 year old, up until recently, generally healthy female. Took a trip in Feb. to AZ and came back with?
    a cough.Then had some teeth pulled. They put me on amoxicilian,a steroid and pain killers. Then everything started falling a part. By day 3 on the meds I began to have swelling in my whole body. Day 4, I was like a round ball.Gained almost 20 pounds in water weight.So swollen the skin under my feet were cracking and bleeding.I began having extreme pain in the right side of my jaw.Went to the E.R,after calling the dentist he said I might be having an allergic reaction to meds. Never had a problem with penicillin before. The hospital kept me for 3 days. I.V. antibiotics and steroids.Tested my blood for everything from Lyme disease to Lupus to rheumatoid arthritis. They said I was now allergic to penicilan.All blood work came back normal. Extremely high white count though. Said I had some sort of infection.They sent me home with a months worth of Doxycyline and more pain meds. Went to reg. doc. they did more blood work came up empty,except for slight anemia,always had that though. Then I began with a weeks worth of prednisone,still on the Doxycyline, pain meds and sleeping pills. Still hadn’t slept through the night for about two weeks. Now begining to get extreme fatigue,then developed night sweats and chills and more swelling and alot of pain. Went back to the doc for more blood work,still all normal. Then developed a painful red bumpy rash ONLY on chest and started coughing up blood.Not alot just dime sized every couple of days. Then getting dizzy and seeing white blurry spots sometimes. They sent me to the specilist,he came up with Valley Fever. Went for that blood work and cultures and also diabetic blood work. Now 2 weeks later the cultures haven’t grown anything, all the blood work has come back normal and have had 2 more trips to the E.R, with all those symptoms and having chest pains,numbness and tingles in my left side of body only. Also having moments of forgetfullness. Everytime I have been to the E.R they did chest x-rays and blood work all kept telling me it was normal. Now on my last visit to the E.R they said I have pnuemonia.Last two chest x-rays were three days part. The first one they said was clear. They are sending me to a Pullminary doctor. Except for having mono in high school and a severe case of pnuemonia 2 years ago(hospitilized for a week) I have never been sick.I have not had fevers or weight loss. Though my appetite has decreased I am still gaining weight. I am only 5’2″ and almost pushing 190 pounds. NOT normal for me. I am not pregnant,had four children then had my tubes tied. I do smoke but am trying to quit. Down to less a pack a day. Can anyone PLEASE PLEASE give me some ides. The doctors have told me they don’t know what is wrong and only treating the symptoms and not the PROBLEM. I have a family history of Lupus,diabetes,heart disease. It all runs rampant through both my parents sides,,them included.
    Let me clear up any confusion. The first specialist I saw stopped all the steroids. As of right now I am taking only Naproxen for the joint swelling and pain killers. He is the one that thought I had this Valley Fever. But the cultures have come negative. They keep dumping me from Doc. to Doc. because of all my tests comming back negative. No one seems to know what is wrong. They are trying to handle only the sypmtoms and not the underlying problem. One says now I have pneumonia. I am not sure about that though. I had it two years ago and it isn’t anything like that.

    1. Jenn

      Could any of the medication throw off your test results for lupus? I think maybe some of you symptoms are a result of the lack of sleep or allergic reaction to the medications. Which is also throwing the doctors off. Can you think of anything you might have done/eaten that would have put you at risk of getting something while out there. What symptoms do you still have since you’ve been back, why did you have your teeth pulled. I would seek a second opinion, or fourth. I wouldn’t stop any medication unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

  32. BJ A

    Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, infection, or all of the above?
    I had lab work done to determine if I have arthritis or/and fibromyalgia the thing is all my labs came back normal except for my CRP which came back elevated at 10mg/ml. The dr did the trigger point test and it was 18 of 18. I have ached from head to toe in my muscles and joints for 6 weeks along with stiff joints. I recently had a c-section with no complications about 6 weeks ago to but have be told that the delivery could have caused a “flare up”. Any thoughts as to what may be going on would be great. Family history of Lupus, RA, and Fibro. Tried tylenol and ibuprophen only thing working is Loratab. Thanks
    CRP measure imflamation or infection in the blood. I’m assuming that he doesn’t think its an infection because my cbc came back great. He’s sending me to a rhuematologist for his opinion. I feel like have the flu, I have also taken 2 series of antibiotic just incase, I also have no other symptom (ex. Cold, fever,sore throat)
    The normal CRP range is from 1-2. With elevated levels sometimes being 3-4 with no concern

    1. Andy

      I think I can help you but at this very moment I have to run to the hospital as I have a patient who is about ready to start pushing and the doc on call in my group is in the middle of a c-section and obviously she can’t be in two places at once!

      I will save this thread in my watch list and sometime today I will be back to edit my answer.

      I will be back with you sometime today.

      Best Wishes for a Pain Free Day!

      Edit for additional information:
      First I want to thank you for being so patient. I swear, if babies would just make appointments! You’d think they would be more considerate of our weekend schedules!

      Now, let me take a stab at what all is going on here.
      Firstly, I want to talk about your CRP. CRP elevation can be indicative of Rheumatoid Arthritis BUT with recent surgery (your cesarean section) it could be elevated. Pregnancy can even elevate it though much less so than a surgery. Sometimes the normal blood loss from the surgery can trigger an elevation in CRP. I would suggest repeating it weekly for 3 weeks to see if we can notice any trends, meaning an increase or decrease over time.

      Just from what you have listed here I see 2 strong possibilities and two other less likely possibilities. I will go over each of these.

      The two possibilities that strike me as less likely are major depression and lupus. I would almost bet it isn’t lupus but your Rheumatologist can very quickly rule this out. As far as major depression, I see that as being more likely, though not likely. You would have more lethargy and feelings of hopelessness than you are describing here.

      My suspensions are strong for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. Have these symptoms come on directly after your delivery? (The stress of surgery can trigger an RA flare). Have you ever had them before? Any family history of either disease? These are all important things that need to be considered.

      Would you say the pain is worse in your joints and hands then it is as far as your body aching all over? I think if your worst pain is greatest in the joints we should definitely do additional, specific testing to rule out RA. Have you had a SED Rate? If so, was it elevated? This is a test that your Rheumatologist will order as many times as he/she can find an excuse. I’ve never gotten a clear answer on WHY but Rheumatologist LOVE their SED Rates! At any rate, your Rheumatologist has additional tests above and beyond what we order in Primary Care that can help nail down the diagnosis.

      As far as your illness being Fibromyalgia, I would caution you to not accept this as your first diagnosis. I would go further not to accept it as a second or third diagnosis. Unless you are seeing someone who is a specialist in the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia (which most providers, including Rheumatologist aren’t), it is very hard to be certain that is what you have. Fibromyalgia mimics so many other diseases. We have no real means of testing for it, aside from ascertaining the patients history and checking for tender points we don’t have much to go on. What I mean to say is don’t let your health care provider label you with Fibromyalgia as the first thing they can think of. It’s not as simple as that!

      As far as Lortab being the only thing that helps your pain, again that makes me wonder if it isn’t RA. Hydrocodone/APAP tablets have, in my expierence, not been that helpful for Fibromyalgia when taken alone. Generally it takes a combination of Lyrica, antidepressants, muscle relaxants and topical numbing agents and opioids to get any sort of pain relief. Even then the results can be dismal.

      If I can be of any other assistance, please don’t hesitate to ask!

      Best Wishes in Finding Your Diagnosis!

  33. Travis

    My hands are grey/blue for no reason…?
    Yesterday morning I woke up and my hands were dark grey/blue. Throughout the day my right hand slowly regained its normal color but my left hand remained discolored. I had poor capillary response but my pulse remained normal, no tingling, no numbness, no anything. However, my hand looked dead. My hands were both fully functional the entire time and nothing (e.g. watch, bracelet, etc.) was constricting my hand. Today it still has a low response when refilling with blood but it has a normal hue.

    I have a family history of lupus, MS, and Crohn’s and/or IBS. I personally have low blood pressure and a slow heart, but when I go to the doctor they say it is nothing out of the ordinary. Should I be concerned about nerve damage, or is there anything I should be watching out for? Also, I should mention that I have had part of my bowel taken out and I know that this can cause anemia. Finally, I black out at least twice a year because of low blood pressure.

    Any suggestions as to why my hands are doing this?

    1. NurseStudent

      you should ask you dr. about things that may cause peripheral vascular problems, diabetes could cause this. If your hands are cyanotic (blue) i would definately let my MD know about this

  34. Pearly

    Why would a 14 year old girl’s hair start falling out?
    I am 14 and within the last few months I have noticed that every time I shower or run my fingers through my hair pieces always come out. Now it not so much short, broken pieces from dry or damaged hair but full length from the root. But it seems that recently more and more has been falling out. My family has a history of Lupus if that could mean anything. Any ideas of what could cause this? Are there any diseases that are associated with hair loss? Thanks!
    No I’ve never really died my hair. And I wash it every other day.

    1. SonjeE25

      Stress can cause your hair to fall out. Look up some good ways to manage your stress and talk to your parents about seeing a doc.

  35. average cabbage

    could an abusive childhood cause lupus/autoimmune diseases?
    I’m 17 and have lupus. I’ve been told that excessive stress can cause it. I know Michael Jackson had lupus and had an exceptionally stressful childhood. I was physically abused as a child so could it have contributed? My family doesn’t have a history of autoimmune diseases so I don’t know how I got it.

  36. Beyes

    Upper abdomen discomfort, spasm and tapping from inside my gut. What can this be?
    The tapping happens 3-5 times per day. I am concerned because there is history of aneurysm in the family as well as I was just diagnosed with sle/lupus. This has been happening for the last 2 months

  37. Claudia

    Chances of having Lupus?
    You have a family history with Lupus and have almost all the signs and symptoms of Lupus. What percent chance do you have of having Lupus?

  38. blahblahblah

    lupus genetics???????
    i know that people with history of lupus in the family have a higher chance of getting it, but if i had a second cousin (my moms cousin) does that heighten my risk of it? im asking because i have a few mild symptoms of it, and recurrent iritis (i think sun triggered it again) – which i know can be caused by lupus

    1. ★☆W.a.b.b.y✿❀

      I don’t think your second cousin would have any effect. That’s too far out of the picture.

      If you’re having these symptoms you should speak to a doctor. It could be a Lupus, but if it is then it’s unlikely that your second cousin’s genes would have any influence. Are there other autoimmune diseases in your family (I mean first cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents etc)? Because one autoimmune disease is the family can increase your chance for any autoimmune disease. But it’s not a huge increase, it just means you’re more likely that the next person.

      ….

  39. ilovechocolate75

    Need help diagnosing…vasculitis or chilblains?
    I have been to the doc and had him stumped! Two weeks ago my second toe swelled up, skin shiny and dark red, hot to the touch. It went through a series of changes over the last two weeks…painful, hot, itchy, etc. One week ago several red spots occured on the bottom of three of my toes (including the swollen one). They are all fading, but still a mystery. The doc tested me for a plethera of things and all came back negative. In our family we have a history of Lupus, etc. I am positive for the Epstein-Barr Virus…I am tired, no energy, aching joints…

    I have been reading on the net about chilblains and vasculitis. Does anyone have any info. I can go off of or suggestions about how to find some answers?

  40. Annette Richter

    My 17 year old daughter has a high ANA of 1:60. We have no history of Lupus on either side of family!?
    My daughter had become extremely lethargic,feverish, very thirsty, puffy eyes a year ago and it petrified us we took her to the doc. It turns out she got Mono from her very first boyfriend! It also showed a high ANA. Now, for the pasweek and a half she has been suffering with what seems like allergies/infection also lethargic, runny & stuffy nose, aches, and pains. So she has her blood tested again a week ago and now learned her ANA was 1:60! She has been on Buspar for anxiety for months now because she had GAD. Should I be worried? I also suffer from anxiety, so this is freaking me out now. I will not show my daughter how I feel because I will make it worse for her. Can any please tell me if it is Lupus, Is Lupus fatal? I have to say also that there is a history on both sides of family of problems with the thyroid as well. I would so deeply appreciate someone’s advice to my situation!

  41. samantha

    been very ill- could i have lupus?
    for the last year ive been really sick. ive had numerous test done and been put on a hole mess load of medications. but nothing seems to help and im just getting worse. im in constant pain and cant hardly eat. my entire stomach hurts and my food doesnt digest and i have no bowel movements. it hurts to empty my bladder and my lower back feels like its breaking. mostly i get pains under my ribs and on my sides. but i also get shooting pains every where at different times.

    well ive been doing a lot of research on my own because my doctors cant seem to find out whats wrong with me. and i came across lupus. all i know about it now is its an auto- immune disease and it can affect your organs and make you lose function of them. so i wondering if i could have it. i dont have a history of any gastric problems in my family except acid reflex but ive been tested for that.

    what are the symptoms of lupus? how do you test for lupus? how do you treat lupus?

    i just what to know as much as possible about lupus or any other illness that can cause my symptoms. if any one could give me some information i would really appreciate it!

    thank you

    -sam

  42. Lynn

    I tested positive for ANAs, and have a family history of lupus and pernicious anemia. What do you think?
    I tested positive twice now for ANAs, and I’m not entirely sure what this means. My grandmother on my father’s side has SLE, and my mother has pernicious anemia, which I know can both cause your ANA to test positive. I also test positive for anemia, because my hemoglobin levels are a little low. I don’t think I have any other symptoms; no joint pain, no swelling, nothing. I’m 17, female.
    Do you think I need to go in for any further testing, or just wait for symptoms?

    1. Mo

      I have suffered with lupus for 17+ years it is directly in connection with my rheumatiod arthritis, don’t wait for major problems to arise get a specialist and go from there.

  43. la_diablita_1999

    Who can tell me about Lupus?
    What are some of early signs of Lupus? Can Lupus occur in people that have no history of it in their family?

    1. Diane T

      My sister has lupus. There was no history if it in the family, and the doctor told me that I am no more likely to have it than the general population. It is an autoimmune disease which occurs more frequently in women than men, and it is usually diagnosed during childbearing years. Generally speaking the earlier the diagnosis – the more likely for it to be a severe case. Please be careful and don’t ignore the signs!!! It started with arthritis like symptoms in my sister’s case. She was diagnosed at 16 and by 17 she had full-blown lupus. She lost her kidneys and had damage to her heart, lungs, spleen, brain, etc. She is on her second kidney transplant and is doing well now, but we were not sure that she was going to make it to her 18th birthday.

  44. D Ramos

    i need help..IN A LOT OF PAIN!?
    i have been feeling pain in all my joints. it started off in my lower back, then progressed fast into my wrists, shoulders, fingers, knees, ankles, feet, and toes. I’ve been to the hospital twice, and a clinic which has lead me to no where. no one seems to know what i have. i did have mono about 2 months ago, once the doctor at the clinic found out i had mono she basically said it had to be that, which i think was just a quick b.s diagnosis, free clinics are great. its going onto 3 weeks that i have been feeling these pains, ibuprofen(400mg, & 800mg), percocet, aleve, Tylenol, aspirin, some crazy stuff that was put in my iv, NOTHING TAKES AWAY MY PAIN! its worse in the mornings, during the day depending on what im doing it hurts but definitely not as bad as in the morning, and hurts at night. it takes me for every, and numerous amounts of pillows and positioning to find a way that i can actually sleep comfortably to just wake up feeling like im 80. i have had a numerous amount of labs ran on my blood, and EKG, and ct scan for everything to come back normal. i have family history of arthritis, lupus, and a bunch of other things but nothing that would be associated with my joints or bones. no lupus test or arthritis test has been done, but supposedly my blood work is “great”. im really at a loss, about to loose my job possibly because i cant move in the mornings (i do stock for retail) and just cant move period all day, about to loose my mind, and don’t know what to do. if anyone has any info or can help me out in any way i would highly appreciate it. thanks..

  45. crazyonthebus

    ANA positive – autoimmune family history?
    I just found out that I am ANA positive. I was tested several years ago and I was negative at that time. Right now my titer was 1:40, which is barely positive. My mom and grandmother have Lupus, my dad died of Giant cell arteritis and my 4 year old son is also ANA positive and has Hashimoto’s. My mom wants me to go on Plaquenil immediately, but I want to wait because I have no major symtoms of any autoimmune problem. What do you guys think…I was thinking of waiting 6 months and having my ANA tested again and then making a decision. Any recommendations on what I should do next?

    1. Dr. B

      Just because you are ANA positive does not mean you will develop an autoimmune disease! Being ANA positive is very sensitive for autoimmune disorders but not very specific. What this means in English is that if you have an autoimmune disease you’re probably ANA positive, but being ANA positive doesn’t mean you have an autoimmune disease (i.e. you can have it but not develop a disease). Like many genetically linked conditions, the spectrum of autoimmune diseases may often be brought about by environmental stimuli in susceptable people (also true of other disorders e.g. schizophrenia). Don’t begin a medication unless absolutely necessary. ALL meds have side effects, you’ll need to weigh up any benefit with any risk with your family physician – don’t start a med b/c your mother says so (unless she is your doctor!).

  46. katie

    am i right, do i have lupus?
    ok so my family has a big history of lupus, and i know my chances of getting it are high. im only 14, but i think i do have it already. i know for a fact that i have the malar rash.. tho you cant normally tell because i wear make-up. i also get joint pains in my knees, wrists, ankles, fingers, and sometimes elbows quite often (usually after a lot of exercise, or wen its cold) and since its starting to get cold out, they’ve been getting worse. also i have always had a hard time doing a lot of exercising. while im doing it im okay, but it gets worse after wards.. even just walking my dogs gets me out of breathe easily, but i know im not out of shape. at the moment my grandma and uncle are experiencing lupus flares, and i think i am too.

    im constantly tired (tho i go to bed at like 9, and wake up at 6) i even slept through half of my classes last week. my joint pains have been getting worse, and my malar rash has gotten brighter, or more distinct. (does that usually happen during flare ups?) also in the past 3 days ive been experiencing (in waves) sharp, like stabbing pains, in my stomach about 2 inches below my belly button on both sides. and a dull, almost constant, ache in my lower back (i know these sound like menstrual problems, but im no where near close to that time)

    so i know u guys aren’t doctors and you cant tell me for sure if i have it, but if i tell my mom this shell call me a hypochondriac, so is there a big possibility that im not over reacting, and that i am right??

  47. P S

    Is it cancer or something else – many tests?
    Ok ive got a relative 48 years of age female.

    Has very low iron levels – gets puffy easily has recently seen doctor who has ordered the following tests – feels very fatigued, probable anemia

    Full blood count, FGY test, CEA test. A CT scan, colonscopy and endoscopy. Family history of chrons disease, also lupus.

    Doctor isnt saying what could be the problem ( anything from ulcer to pollop – GP suggested that it was unlikley to be cancer) though said testing was urgent, suggested could be a GI bleed. Otherwise healthy, no blood in stool, no lumps around abdomen area but has had some minor stomach pain.

    Celiac disease is one of the blood tests indicators thats being looked at, what is the chance or thoughts on what could be im a bit worried thinking it could be colon or stomach cancer, could be something as simple as malabsortion , in the last 4 months has had glandular fevor anyone with any thoughts ?

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    17 hours ago
    I should add my relative asked the doctor what the likelihood of cancer was and was told doctor would be surprised if it was cancer. Indicating that it probably was an outside chance – tests are happening next week anyway – so doctor is being level and tests being done

    From what ive read if it was more cancer concern feacel stool testing would have been done plus an MRI which at the moment hasnt been ordered. So could the be looking for something else and if something else what could that be

    16 hours ago
    In reply to the third contributor ( thankyou for the additional information) based on the information i have ( i dont think a stool sample was asked for) other elements of the blood test are testing for chrons disease and a marker for celiaic.

    If it isnt cancer what other problems would fit the general medical area that the doctor might be looking for ( ie what could be the possible disorders or other medical problems they would be lookign for) if its cancer my relative is well prepared for treatment and so forth. It would be hopefully caught in early stages) but what other conditions of a less serious nature be likley to be what dr might be looking for
    In reply to kateyn i live with this relative and its definetly not a eating disorder. She is off work and im pretty well around her all the time. There were confirmed low iron levels a few years ago was put down to respiratory issues those cleared up but there has been a recurrence of low iron levels ( plus folate levels) b12 levels were ok. This woman who is 48 eats quite a bit its more the absorption thats the issue, the real issue is whats causing the low iron absorption

    Thanks for youre contribution anyway, eating disorders are a serious concern but in this case no its not the focus

    1. Daisee

      My guess is iron deficiency anemia…. because she has low folate level and she had the same symptoms previously.

      Abdominal pain is also a symptom of iron deficiency anemia.

      The cause can be blood loss through the gastrointestinal tract caused by colon cancer, hookworms, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, irritable bowel syndrome, aspirin-induced bleeding, blood clotting disorders, or diverticulosis.

      I really doubt that is caused by colon cancer. I think by now she would have more symptoms like bowel changes, vomiting, lack of apetite, vomiting, bloating and feeling full.

      Plus…if they were looking for colon cancer, they would have ordered the colonoscopy but not the endoscopy.

      Iron deficiency anemia has a good prognosis. Let’s see how good I am at diagnosing over the internet….LOL

      Best of luck.

  48. miss_tink_21

    am i at higher risk to have a heart attack?
    i have systemic lupus, and lots of family history heart problems. bcuz of these am i a higher risk for a heart attack?
    what other factors would i have to have to be at risk for a heart attack?

  49. Teresa

    Flu mist vaccine advice?
    I am in the middle of trying to find out why I get sick alot. I have been told so far that my calcium is low and I have an appt to see what is going on. I have a family history of lupus and sarcoidosis. Also last year I got sick after getting the flu mist but I did not go to the doctor. Would it be a bad idea for me to get the flu mist? Since I get sick easily.

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